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September 21, 2019

The Associated Press
San Diego Padres manager Andy Green walks off the field during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in San Diego, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Andy Green was fired as manager of the San Diego Padres on Saturday morning, about 12 hours after one of their worst losses this season seemed to sum up their second-half collapse.

The Padres, who dropped $527 million the last three seasons on Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers, have regressed this season under his leadership and played poorly the second half of the season.

The Padres were 45-45 at the All-Star break and have gone 24-40 since, including losing eight of their last nine games to drop their record to 69-85 — fourth worst in the National League.

General manager A.J. Preller said Green, in his fourth season, was fired because the team had regressed in the second half.

“We feel like we’ve got a young talented group that has a chance to be competitive,” executive VP and general manager A.J. Preller told The Associated Press. “We made some progress in the earlier part of season, but as the second half went on we didn’t see the team getting into a spot where we could see continual improvement.

“We feel like a different person in that chair has a chance to take a young, talented group into a different spot.”

Green was 274-366 since he was hired ahead of the 2016 season. San Diego lost 90 or more games in each of his three full years and is assured of its ninth straight losing record.

Rod Barajas, in his first season as bench coach, takes over on an interim basis Saturday night against the Diamondbacks. A former big league catcher, he managed many of the current players in Triple-A.

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